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Appeal after steward assaulted at South Central Festival

Press release   •   May 28, 2019 15:12 BST

We are appealing for information or witnesses after a steward was assaulted at the South Central Festival in Portsmouth at the weekend.

The incident occurred between 5pm and 5.30pm on Saturday, May 25. The steward, who is in his early 20s, was positioned at Gate B, which is opposite Western Road.

He spoke with a man in a black top, asking him not to smoke in the queue to get into King George’s Field. A second male, described as wearing a grey short sleeved t-shirt with a white Nike tick, then punched him in the face, knocking him to the ground.

The victim then chased the suspect, whereupon the man turned and threw a glass bottle at him, striking him in the left eye. The victim was then taken to the Queen Alexandra Hospital.

He sustained a cut to the bridge of his nose, swelling to his left eye and dizziness. He was kept in at hospital for observation as a precautionary measure.

The suspect is described as a white male, in his early 20s, with acne on his face. He was approximately five foot nine to five foot ten tall and was of thin build. He had short hair.

Did you witness the incident? Do you recognise the description of the suspect?

If you can help, please call 101, quoting reference 44190179995. Alternatively call Crimestoppers anonymously on 0800 555 111.

Did you witness the incident? Do you recognise the description of the suspect?

If you can help, please call 101, quoting reference 44190179995. Alternatively call Crimestoppers anonymously on 0800 555 111.